Learning how to take digital photographs is a great skill to learn whether that's on a smartphone or using a digital camera. This photography walk activity challenges you to take a set of 10 pre-decided photographs.
What you'll need
- A smartphone or camera
- A case or safety strap
- A fully charged battery
- A memory card with space on it
- A walk
Your walk should be long enough to allow for the 10 photographs to be taken However you could always split the activity over more than one walk if you are limited by time or have very young grandchildren.
This activity is really simple to setup and can be repeated as many times as you like by creating your own list of things to photograph.
Simply print out the photographs to take list and head out for a walk. That’s it.
Depending on the age of your grandchildren you might need to help them with the settings or show them how to hold the camera. These are all important skills to learn i.e. fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Allow the child to be creative when coming up with what to take a picture of. Their choice might feel obscure but to them it will make good sense. Later when they look back at the photos they will really feel like their own creation. That said if the child is struggling you could make a suggestion or direct them towards and object that might be good to photograph.
Photographs to take
Below are some ideas but you don’t have to stick to this list. You can always download the template list and fill it in yourselves with ideas of photographs to take.
- Something new you see on your walk
- An animal
- The first letter of your name
- A circle
- Your shadow
- A flower or leaf
- The sky
- A number
- A tree or some woods
- You and whoever you are walking with
Looking back at the photos
In some ways this is the best part as you look back at the photos at any point and remember the day you took them. When looking back over the photograph encourage your grandchildren to tell stories and describe their memories of when they went on their photography walk.
If you've taken the pictures on a smartphone you might like to make an album. If you’ve used a digital camera you could take the photos and add them to an album on your laptop or PC and share them with other family members.